My dog Remy got to try the free range raw duck necks from Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. He LOVES these treats!
Raw duck necks can be fed as a treat or as part of a meal. Since raw poultry bones are soft and pliable, dogs can easily digest them. Chewing on “raw meaty bones” helps to exercise a dog’s jaw and clean his teeth and gums.
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Darwin’s Duck Necks Review
Darwin’s free-range duck necks – what I think
I feed my dog Remy a raw diet, but even if you don’t feed your dog raw food, he can still enjoy the benefits of an occasional raw treat.
Duck necks are considered “raw meaty bones.” Raw poultry bones such as chicken, turkey and duck bones are soft and pliable, making them easy for dogs to digest.
Cooked bones are hard and sharp, so you only want to give your dog raw bones.
I recommend the duck necks from Darwin’s because raw duck necks are a convenient and safe way to introduce “raw meaty bones” to your dog’s diet. They’re a good option for dogs and puppies of all sizes.
There’s also something I enjoy about watching my dog crunching on a raw meaty bone! Eating raw food is natural for dogs, and the duck necks from Darwin’s make my weimaraner so happy!
Don’t be surprised by how quickly your dog might chew up and eat a duck neck! Remy loves them, and he eats his in just a few minutes.
I know it’s hard for some dog owners to get used to the idea of feeding their dogs raw bones because I used to worry about this too. But don’t worry, raw duck necks are a very safe option for your dog.
If you’d like more information on feeding your dog raw bones, That Mutt has several articles you can read:
- Which bones are safe for dogs?
- How to safely feed your dog raw bones
- The benefits of raw poultry necks for dogs
Pros of Darwin’s free-range raw duck necks – Are duck necks good for dogs?
Yes! Here are some of benefits of raw duck necks for dogs:
- Duck necks are rich in omega-3 fats
- They are a source of vitamin B3
- They promote a healthy gut
- Raw bones clean a dog’s teeth
- Duck necks work a dog’s jaw
- They contain glucosamine & chondroitin for healthy joints
- Poultry bones are soft and pliable and can be fully digested
- Darwin’s duck necks are from free-range ducks
- They come in sealed, 2-pound packages (about 8 necks)
There really aren’t any cons to the raw duck necks except a few common sense things to keep in mind when feeding any type of raw food or any type of bone or chew.
- You want to introduce new treats slowly to your dog’s diet to avoid an upset tummy, especially if your dog is not used to raw food.
- Any type of bone, chew or rawhide for dogs has a slight choking risk, so make sure to supervise your dog.
- All raw meaty bones are a bit “gross” and messy so you may want to feed them outside, on a towel or in your dog’s crate.
The duck necks may also not be for you if they’re out of your budget. However, they still might make a great treat for your dog every now and then! I hope you’ll enter our giveaway by leaving a comment at the end of this article!
Where to buy duck necks for dogs and what is the cost?
The free-range duck necks from Darwin’s are available in 2-pound packages (about 8 necks) for $8.49 per package. Each duck neck is roughly 7″ in length.
The duck necks from Darwin’s are available to the company’s existing customers who have subscription memberships.
Darwin’s delivers raw dog food meals to its customers every two weeks, and customers have the option of adding duck necks (and other treats) to any order. Learn about a trial membership here.
To add duck necks to your order, visit my account.darwinspet.com, call Darwin’s customer service at 877.738.6325 or send their customer service an email at email@example.com
In addition to raw duck necks, Darwin’s also offers:
- complete raw diets
- organic raw diets
- prescription diets for dogs with unique health needs
- lamb femur bones
- green tripe
- jerky treats
How to feed a dog a raw duck neck
There is a small choking risk when you give your dog any type of chew, bone, rawhide or toy. With duck necks, this risk is slightly higher for larger breeds since big dogs are more likely to try to swallow a duck neck whole.
Safety tips when feeding your dog raw duck necks:
1. Try holding the duck neck while your dog chews it (if he is not possessive).
This will help him learn to slowly crunch up the bone a bit before swallowing.
Don’t be alarmed if your dog does swallow large chunks of the duck neck. As long as it “fits,” your dog will be just fine. For example, Remy will crunch up a whole chicken thigh just two or three times before swallowing, and then “down it goes!” No big deal.
2. Another alternative: Give your dog some space, but supervise.
This is the opposite of above, but works better for some dogs. If the dog has some space, he’ll be more likely to chew and eat his duck neck slowly vs. trying to quickly eat it so no one “steals” it! (Silly dogs.) This method works best for my little food monster, Remy.
3. Chop up the duck neck before feeding.
This shouldn’t be necessary, but if you prefer to chop the duck necks up a bit before feeding them, you can do that. Likewise, some raw feeders prefer to grind duck necks in a meat grinder.
4. Feed the duck necks partially frozen.
If the duck neck is still somewhat frozen, your dog will naturally slow down a bit to crunch it up before eating. Nearly all the raw food I give my dog is partially frozen for this reason.
Raw duck necks for cats
Can you give your cat raw duck necks?
Yes, some cats will eat raw duck necks while others might be more picky. My cat Scout is not on a raw diet, and he is not interested in raw meaty bones.
My other cat Beamer (RIP, buddy) would’ve LOVED a duck neck! I gave him raw turkey necks a couple of times and he could not believe his luck!
Duck necks are an even better option for cats because duck necks are typically smaller than turkey necks.
Obviously, you want to introduce new foods to your cat slowly to avoid an upset tummy. It’s also best to supervise when your pets are eating raw bones.
Giveaway! Win a month’s worth of food from Darwin’s Natural Pet Products
Darwin’s is giving away a month’s worth of raw dog food (or cat food) and a package of raw duck necks to one lucky reader of That Mutt!
*This giveaway has ended. The winner has been notified by email.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post so I know you want IN on the drawing! Do you feed your dog a raw diet? Or are you interested in trying? (Must have a U.S. mailing address to win. The winner will receive food for one pet.)
I’ll choose a winner at random on Thursday March 7. I’ll notify the winner by email and post the winner’s name here on this post.
Are you interested in raw food and raw duck necks for your dog?
Let me know in the comments!
And please share this post with anyone who might be interested in raw dog or raw cat food from Darwin’s! Thank you!
-Lindsay & Remy